Thanks, Dave. I very much appreciate all of your contributions on here! I have never thought that you
, or anyone on here that I can think of, were ideological about what to feed, but I have encountered a few such people in my community. One of the more memorable occurred only a few days after I brought my puppy home. As I recall, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed about it all, and felt that I was working 24/7 to take care of my new puppy. I was rather proud that I was spending what seemed like a lot of money for a good quality kibble. The pet I had had previously was a cat who lived for 17 years on grocery store kibble, but I had since learned that there were better options. Anyway, I walked into one of the many small pet supply stores around here -- I forget what I was looking for -- and the owner asked me what I was feeding. I told her the brand of kibble I was feeding, and she began to fill me in on why that wasn't good. (I later learned she was a big raw advocate). I basically told her I was satisfied with what I was feeding my dog for the moment, though would think about what she was saying, but just needed to get what I was looking for. I think it was a harness or leash. She said, rather haughtily, "Well, I wouldn't feed that to my
dog". I felt like she'd slapped me in the face, and never went back to that store. I was a little touchy, I'm sure, from not getting enough sleep, but that kind of attitude is not
the way to pursuade someone to your way of thinking.
I know that corporations exist only
to maximize the profits of their shareholders, but even so, I would hope that with so many people getting savvier and more particular about what they are feeding their dogs, the companies will have to be more careful about what they are doing if they want to keep peoples' business. Anyone who bases important decisions only on slick advertising is a fool, anyway, but it takes a lot of work to wade through all of the cr*p.
While I do like to understand the science behind things, I don't think that science is the only way of thinking about the world. One thing I didn't like about the article I posted is that the author was too dismissive of other ways of knowing. I happen to think that intuition, feeling, and common sense are worth something. All 3 of those things tell me that it is better, both for my dog and myself, to eat food that is fresh and unadulterated rather than massively processed. However, human convenience does have to be factored in to things. Kibble is extremely
convenient, especially considering that if it is a good one it is nutritionally balanced. It also doesn't spoil quickly, so that you can put it out and if the dog doesn't eat it right away it will not rot and be wasted. It's also easy to transport. All of these things are worth a lot, I think, so its popularity is understandable. However, fitting in as much fresh food as possible seems like a very worthy goal for anyone!
I'm planning to contact Sabine later this week -- just need a little more time to formulate my thoughts and questions. Whatever she comes up with is going to have to be really
simple! Anyone who knows me will tell you -- I DO NOT COOK. Though now, apparently, I am cooking for my dog, that's just how much I love him. I'm gonna have to start cooking for myself more, though, because now when he sees me standing at the stove he assumes I'm making something for him. LOL I do want to get started on a food plan soon, though, since I want to be sure we're on the right track. Stay tuned!